Of all the time periods in history, this century is one of the best to live in. The technological advances in the past 100 years have changed the world in huge ways. Even since the new millennium began, we’ve seen major strides in portable technology. Laptops, smartphones, cameras, tablets. They’ve all grown much smaller and more powerful than would ever have been believed fourteen years ago. In this case, we’re going to focus on one particular piece of the pie: tablets.
Tablets have been around for a couple of decades now, but since the launch of the iPad, and maybe even the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, tablets have really become a popular new consumer device. They work to bridge the gap between phone and laptop, and if nothing else, are excellent for doing all the things that your phone can except on a larger scale.
In terms of media consumption, tablets are perfect devices. More portable than a laptop and yet larger than the minuscule screens of phones, tablets are easy on the eyes and allow you to really get immersed in the content while still being able to take on the go. They also have generally better battery life than phones and many laptops, which makes them last.
When it comes to creating content on a tablet, things get a bit murky. For tasks such as typing up documents or creating a quick PowerPoint, tablets can generally work well. But without accessories, most tablets are hindered by their slate form factor, which makes typing more difficult and certainly doesn’t help with precision tasks. Unless you’re just doing basic edits, photo editing on a tablet without a mouse and keyboard is really out of the question. In-depth PowerPoint and video creation won’t come easily, and don’t think that you’re going to be able to quickly throw together spreadsheets.
I’m a tablet owner, as I’m sure many of you are. While I primarily use my tablet for content consumption, I do occasionally use it to create content. However, it’s generally limited to typing things up, sending out emails and occasionally other things. Due to the challenges accompanying more complex tasks, I usually avoid them and opt instead for the ease of doing them quickly on my laptop. As it stands, tablets aren’t well-suited enough for a great deal of content creation. They’re better for media consumption in my opinion.
Now the mic is turned to you. Do you use your tablet for consumption or creation? And in either case, why?